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I’m Dave and I’m going to be blogging about WordPress

Hello gang! I’m Dave and I’m going to be blogging here at DXW about WordPress and how it can be used in government. I’m going to be covering tips and tricks to make the most of all of WordPress’ great features, as well as pointing out some of the areas where people go a bit […]

Weekly Roundup 16/05/14

Unfortunately the evil monkeys thwarted our attempts to get last week’s blog post out. They have now been returned to the cellar and normal service will be resumed. Here is what your friendly dxwers have been reading and sharing this week.

Untangle the Web April

I had the pleasure of attending Untangle the Web at Google Campus on Wednesday evening. Unfortunately the tube strike resulted in a somewhat more intimate gathering than had been expected. Although, on the plus side, there was plenty of pizza and beer to go around!

“Don’t you know who I am?”

Teacamp is one of the best places to have a frank discussion about the state of digital projects. Yesterday Janet from the Identity Assurance team came to discuss how the programme is going, and gave a broad overview of the project as well as a nuanced and detailed description of some of the ways that […]

Introducing Ian

Hi everyone, First a quick introduction. I’m Ian and I’ve just joined dxw as the new Account Manager. I have a varied background mostly in creative geekery and training. Highlights include, seven years at Apple in both sales and training roles as well as two years technical consultancy and support for an arts charity.  Recently […]

Quick Tip – disable WordPress login during development

When you’re developing a WordPress site locally it can be tedious to keep logging in with a fake username and password – particularly if you’re testing things out from the perspective of multiple user types (e.g. Admin and Subscriber) or using an existing database. Fortunately there’s a quick hack which makes lets you skip WordPress’ […]

Ruby-on-rails: deleting all data from a table

During development, you might find yourself needing to delete everything from a specific database table to refresh your data. You could drop the whole database and bring it back up again with rake:db:drop, rake:db:setup, but that’s slow and indiscriminate. Instead, boot up a console and call delete_all on your model: % rails c > Advisory.count […]